County Commissioner Chris Hill: “Spent the afternoon with County Judge Keith Self surveying the damage across Collin County. The National Weather Service confirmed that two tornadoes (an EF2 in Copeville and an EF0/1 in Blue Ridge) touched down last night, causing three fatalities in the county. Around 4:30 p.m. this afternoon, Judge Self officially authorized a disaster declaration for the county.
Hill said, “I’m proud of our North Texas communities that pull together in times like this. If you’d like to help, I encourage you to donate to First Baptist Church of Farmersville or Minuteman Disaster Response in McKinney.”
County Judge Keith Self: “I just returned from a tour of the areas struck by the tornados. Preliminary assessment is an EF-2 struck Copeville and north of Copeville and perhaps an EF-1 struck the Blue Ridge area. I signed a Disaster Declaration and sent it to the Governor. Our prayers are with those who lost loved ones. Our thanks are with the first responders who acted quickly to support our citizens.”
Chris Hill: Tomorrow at noon, we will activate the Collin County Disaster Resource Center, a multi-agency resource center providing coordinated assistance services to those in need. The Resource Center will be staged at the First Baptist Church of Farmersville (124 South Washington Street, Farmersville, Texas 75442).
If you or someone you know need assistance, this will be a central location for supplies, support services, and volunteers. Representatives from the county and state representative offices will be on-site as well.
This will also be a central location for anyone interested in providing resources or volunteering to help with clean up and recovery.
Please note that while some items are in short supply, other items have already been received in abundance. Before delivering supplies to the Resource Center, please contact the Collin County Emergency Management Department at 972-548-4383.